I have made mouse traps out of five gallon buckets, and a tin can on a wire
stretched over the open end. Wipe peanut butter on the can, and when the
mouse steps out on it, it spins and dumps the mouse in the water.
I have been fighting squirrels all spring. Tomorrow a king size version
goes up, and we'll see how the squirrels do. Going to get two more for
other positions on my property.
Will keep you posted.
Because they come into my property, and will strip an apricot tree in half a
day. They don't eat the meat, they leave that on the ground. They take off
the pits. Same thing with almonds. They eat a lot of stuff, and also
destroy a lot without eating it. They chew their way into the shed and plow
through a bag of feed, eat some, and urinate and defecate in the rest of the
bag while they're in there. We have hantavirus here, and so they bring that
Other than that, I guess they're pretty okay.
How do the squirrel get access to your trees? Are they close to forest
trees and can jump from tree to tree or do they have to get down and
walk to your trees. I have two dogs and the squirrels NEVER bother my
peach trees. On the other hand, I used to have a black walnut that
mingled branches with oaks, and I never saw a walnut.
"For the first time in the history of the world, every human being
Oddly enough, these squirrels live in a lava rock canyon next to my
property. One day, I saw movement, and declared, "There's a squirrel."
"Pshaw (not the word she used), squirrels don't live in rocks." So we
watched for a while. Yes, it was a squirrel. We have killed some very
My neighbor has an orchard. They give him so much grief he carries a
semi-automatic shotgun on his ranch ATV. One day, he sat all day long, and
fired at squirrels in the canyon. He got 17.
They run across open ground to get to the trees and gardens.
My two dogs don't pay them any attention at all, and the cat seems not to
notice them, but does go after the mice.
Squirrels live in all sorts of habitat.
On 4/25/2009 4:29 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
The problem is that the food they prefer includes the guavas, kumquats,
loquats, and peaches in my back yard. They also really like the leaves
on my dwarf orange tree, and the poor tree (being so small) doesn't have
One major problem is that squirrels in this area (especially ground
squirrels) carry plague.
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean
On Sat, 25 Apr 2009 08:13:27 -0700, "David E. Ross"
I have a neighbor who cut down his fruit trees because the birds were
getting the fruit before he did. Seemed like cutting off his nose to
spite his face. I have no advice as the trees I plant are meant for
wildlife, though I'd love to plant a couple of sour cherry trees. Does
netting not work?
How big a problem is plague where you are? I've never heard of cases
of plague in TN, but maybe there are.
Plague, hantavirus, and ebola are very rare. But it's one of those things
that can change your life if you're the one in a million that's under a
doctor's care for it. And IF you happen to live in an area where it is
present, no matter how minimal, you must be aware of it, and at least use
common sense minimal precautions.
Do you live where there is lightning? Pretty low odds for getting hit by
lightning. But, in my own life, I have had three VERY close encounters with
lightning. Within 15' each time. So, although one can't live in a closet
and just come out for food, bathroom breaks, and the Larry King show, one
does need to take reasonable precautions.
We get lightning and tornados here. I've had a tree drop on the house
but besides eventually needing a new roof, no real damage. . Honestly
Steve, if I'd had 3 close encounters with mother nature, I wouldn't be
killing squirrels, but that's just me.
Kate - and I do have a dog who adores chasing squirrels
On 4/25/2009 11:08 AM, email@example.com wrote [in part]:
Plague among humans is rare but not unknown in southern California.
It seems that the newspapers carry an article at least once each year,
warning people to avoid contact with squirrels and other small mammals.
This warning is especially strong when the animal appears ill.
However, such a warning could also apply to avoiding rabies as much as
avoiding plague. When the warning mentions dead animals, then plague is
usually the concern.
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean
On Sat, 25 Apr 2009 17:51:17 -0700, "David E. Ross"
We get a few cases and a couple of deaths state wide a year from bird
flu - lots more people die in car accidents. I can't see condemning
the species squirrel (or bird) over a remote possibility. Same goes
for rabies. Obviously, if an animal is acting oddly, don't engage it
but the media seems to enjoy public hysteria, imo.
when it comes to hantavirus it is both the feces and dried urine as well as the
dried bodies that can pass disease. It isnt up to us to decide the risk factor
others. I dont mind snakes, but then I live where there are no poisonous snakes
all and grew up here. people down south have a much different view and I have to
respect their dislike.
sick animals dont always "act oddly". happily, rodents dont pass rabies. but
mice scurrying around in the back yard can spread the ticks of lyme disease up
neck of the north so we dont leave food around that would draw them, and
people from putting out bird feeders that would draw them in.
On Sat, 25 Apr 2009 21:25:31 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I have a bird feeder. It's called a lawn. Got ready to go out to the garden
this morning, but when I looked out the front window, there were 218 billion
birds having some sort of feast on the lawn. Maybe I'm exaggerating and it
was only 183 million. More than I've ever seen on my lawn at one time. I
decided to read the newspaper for 1/2 hour until they're done.
I don't understand the fascination with bird feeders. I don't live in a
wildlife sanctuary. I'm in a "regular neighborhood". There's no shortage of
birds. Friends who have feeders don't seem to attract anything more exotic
than what I see in my yard. This is upstate NY. What do some people hope to
attract with their feeders? Cockatiels?
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